Into the Purple Sunset


BLT presents Into the Purple Sunset – an evening of hilarious plays by David Campton

Bangalore Little Theatre is back with a collection of hilarious, British tragicomedy/absurd plays by the renowned playwright David Campton. Campton was a prolific British dramatist who wrote plays for the stage, radio and cinema for thirty-five years.

This play ” Into the Purple Sunset ” is the first of a new programme called “BLT GOLD” wherein we celebrate classic plays from our archives of over 200 plays done in the past 54 years.
Into the Purple Sunset consists of three loosely connected one act plays, absurd, humourous, full of suspense and surprises. The plays are written in the 50’s – 60’s but the situation no different today. It feels very much part of our lives today.The 3 parts of Into the Purple Sunset shows us different aspects of the world we live in.
In this collection, the first play “The smell of burning” a hysterical take on civil unrest and the ignorance of the general public. We then move to the famous and still relevant comical piece called “Out of the Flying pan”. This animated energetic play which has two diplomat’s come together to form a treaty between two nations. The business of government being nation building, trying to obtain more land, wealth and resources, each diplomat is responsible for getting the most out of their agreement. When each side resorts to trickery and underhandedness, the government official’s find they are plunged into war, destroying more then they knew they were bargaining for. This results in full fledged nuclear warfare that leads us to “Mutatis Mutandis” a witty , mirthful “comedy of menace” which gets absurd by the minute.

David Campton is considered one of the first British playwrights to have explored the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’. He was part of the ‘famous six that revitalized British theatre in the 60’s and 70’s.The group included Pinter, Mortimer, Simpson, Wesker and Ayckboum.
Campton, was a friend of BLT. He admired the concept of the Academy of Theatre Arts emphasizing Theatre Education and share many ideas. He maintained contact with us till his death in 2006. He donated a big collection of his plays to our library.

The cast has talented folks from varied backgrounds including the CMO of a new age voice and data technology firm, engineer, technology lawyer, designer, marketing professional, home maker, theatre professional and freelance photographer.
Show dates :
Public Shows
Alliance Francaise

16th May 2015 – 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
17st May 2015 – 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Direction : Abhishek Sundaravadanan and Murtuza Khetty.
Age Limit: 12 yrs onwards only.


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